Email Security

To keep your email secure, be aware of the following electronic threats:

  • Requests for Unity ID or password
    • These requests are always fraudulent. They are "phishing" attempts.
    • Do not respond to them in any way.
    • Report them immediately to the NC State Help Desk.
    • OIT personnel will never ask for your password for any reason.
  • Attachments
    • Viruses and similar electronic threats are emailed widely, very often as attachments
    • Don't open any attachment unless it came from someone you know and you are certain that it was actually sent by that person.
  • Links inside messages
    Clicking on a link inside a malicious email message can do one or more of the following:
    • Direct you to a Web site that entices you to enter personal information that can be exploited.
    • Download a program that
      • extracts sensitive information from your computer,
      • records every keystroke you make,
      • uses your machine as a "slave" to send virus-infected email, or
      • monopolizes your processing power.
  • Malicious scripts
    If a malicious script is embedded in an email message, merely opening that message can compromise your computer. The script will be activated even though you don't click on a link or open an attachment.

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